25 Times Creative People Recycled Vintage Junk Into Something New


Guitar Shelving

While we’re not sure who started this trend, the truth is that it’s really cool! While it’s obvious that these guitars will not be making music any time soon, they have found another purpose as shelves! This is a great way to help create additional storage space in your home while creating a unique and stylish setting. Whether or not you’re a musician, there’s something quite rustic about these guitar shelves that really helps to create a homey feel.

Guitar Shelving

Coin Chair

This has to be one of the most inventive ways to use all the spare change you find lying under your couch! Well, technically speaking, the coins are actually antique collectibles – which make them pretty valuable. So as you can imagine, the amount of time and energy spent ensuring that they’re all safely coated with anti-rust coating and well-polished was an important part of the design process. However, we would recommend keeping it in the shade!

Coin Chair

Mirror Art

They say that a broken mirror is worth seven years of bad luck. However, they also say that you make your own luck. So that’s exactly what Reddit user “Colomatition” has done with pieces of a shattered mirror that he found. Rather than fretting about old superstitions, he decided to pick up the pieces and turn them into something beautiful instead. Now what was once a mirror is a beautiful wall-mounted dove – symbol of peace and regrowth instead of bad luck.

Mirror Art

Easy Reading

In most cases, people tend to either sell, donate or simply throw away old books. But very few have the idea of turning them into a stool! This is an ingenious way to create functional furniture out of materials that you would never associate with the final object that they become. There are clearly quite a lot of books that were used to do this, however, the unique style that and cozy sense of comfort they create are any bookworms dream.

Easy Reading

Upside Down Pet Chair

If you’ve ever found yourself with a broken dining room chair, you’ll know how much of a hassle it can be to get it repaired. Instead, this creative Reddit user decided to start creating beds for pets with broken chairs by turning them upside down. This way, the chair finds another life as a comfy bed for your loveable pets. This is a great way to make use of something rather than just throwing it away.

Upside Down Pet Chair

T-Shirt Throw

Ever wonder what to do with all those leftover T-shirts you’ve collected over the years? Most of us tend to throw them away or give them to charity. However, this woman came up with an ingenious solution instead – turn them into a blanket! While the blanket may look a little garish, it’s definitely got a unique look. Depending on the type of interior you’re going for, this could actually have quite a cool pop-art aesthetic. Well done on a creative upcycling project!

T-Shirt Throw

Record Bowl

When you’re done listening to those old records or they’ve become too scratched to work, there’s one last way you can put them to good use – turn them into bowls! This technique has been around for a while now and it’s become an upcycling trend of note. In order to make these, you only need a heated piece of metal and some patience as you mold the latex and vinyl record into a practical and stylish little bowl.

Record Bowl

Coffee Capsule Plants

Those one-time use coffee capsules that we all know and love in the mornings are pretty delicious. However, they’re known for creating a lot of waste every year, as they’re difficult to recycle. So, rather than throwing them in the trash, this person started turning them into tiny flower pots for succulents instead! This way, you can prevent the creation of excess waste while you help to grow plants instead of piles of trash.

Coffee Capsule Plants

Turn On The Lights

Ever wonder what to do with all those old pots that you throw out? Well, this was definitely one of the more creative solutions we’ve found. While most people would be happy simply turning them into pot plants, this Reddit user decided that turning them into lights instead was a much better idea. While the wiring and instalation must have taken some time to get right, the finished product is stylish and unique. Great idea!

Turn On The Lights

Setting The Bench

This design was originally started by designer Klaus Geiger who got the idea when he considered throwing out his old Apple computers. Rather than just wasting them, he thought of an ingenious way to turn them into something practical and stylish. The finished result looks amazing and has started a trend that took the internet by storm. Nowadays, you can find examples of his work all around the world and the hi-tech simplicity of the design feels at home with the minimalism of upcycling in the modern era.

Setting The Bench

Oil Can Furniture

This is a really ingenious way to turn old junk into cool and practical outdoor furniture.  Oscar Ziwenga is a South African who has been making furniture out of old oil cans for quite some time now. In fact, he has earned quite a good reputation for himself as someone who embraces the ideals of upcycling to the fullest. Not only are these items practical – they’ll definitely give your home a unique look! You can order a full set or individual items from him directly.

Oil Can Furniture

Desk Door

This trend has really picked up a lot in recent times. If you’re in need of a stylish and practical desk that doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill office desk, then converting an old door into one seems to work wonders. In the past few years, these have really taken off in terms of style and have actually become quite trendy. The best part of these desks is that they’re incredibly easy to make, so you don’t have to worry about buying your own.

Desk Door

Tubular Chair

Young Spanish designer Lucas Muñoz Muñoz has spent his career trying to draw a distinction between the artificial environment that human beings have engineered for themselves in modern times, as well as turning them into practical everyday objects. This tubular chair was constructed out of old air duct piping and he has spent a lot of time perfecting the design. Since releasing his first addition, the design has caught on and become quite trendy. Examples of his work can now be found all around the world!

Tubular Chair

Camera Lamp

Collecting old cameras is a hobby and a trend that has really caught on over the last few years. However, while most collectors are avid photographers, many often collect them only for the sake of collecting. However, a new trend has started in recent years that has changed the way we see the old cameras. This involves turning them into lamps that you can use as the lights within your home. They’re an ingenious way to save money and time and create a stunning look.

Camera Lamp

Tire Seat

Every year, thousands of old tires get shredded up and thrown away. Sometimes, they’re used to create other products from the waste material – but other times, the entire tire is used. This creative idea shows that you can make some pretty useful and cost-effective outdoor chairs for nothing but the price of a few bolts and a bit of patience. They’re 100% weatherproof and water-resistant as well, so you won’t have to worry about bringing them in when it rains.

Rubber Tire Parents

Sewing Machine Table

While old sewing machines have become something of a collector’s item today, the truth is that most of them don’t work as well as modern ones do. So collectors really tend to keep them purely for sentimental reasons. However, this ingenious idea helps to upcycle them into practical antique tables instead – which means that they can find a new life as a coffee table or small dining table. This way, they serve more of a purpose than just as decoration.

Sewing Machine Table

Table Tub

Old washing tubs have become an antique decor collector’s trend in more recent years. However, rather than using one for old firewood or to store magazines, this Reddit user found an ingenious way to upcycle one into a practical and useful little side table. Now, the tub gives off that old-fashioned aesthetic and also helps to create a sense of balance and unity in the room. This is certainly a creative way to upcycle something into something else entirely.

Table Tub

Suit Chair

While this trend is still pretty new,  the truth is that it’s a really bold way to reimagine how we use old clothes. This technique allows you to reuse that old suit that doesn’t fit you anymore and make it into a chair that will be the envy of your dinner guests! While it might seem a little too daring for most, the idea of re-upholstering a chair with an old suit is definitely unique and will help to give your interior a boost of color and life.

Suit Chair

Wardrobe Rug

Cleaning out your wardrobe can be a tiring challenge. You often have to spend a while deciding what to chuck and then you still have to figure out what you’re going to do with the old clothes. Reddit user “laurasaurus5” said she spent weeks turning her old clothes into this hand-woven rug. She followed the North African boucherouite style to help create a handwoven rug that could be both practical and quite stylish in a unique and creative way.

Wardrobe Rug

Handy Coffee Table

While coming across old trunks like this is rare enough in itself, the truth is that other than being a collectible antique, they don’t serve many purposes. These days, travel cases are meant to be as light as possible, making this one totally impractical. However, because it has a unique and distinctive look, this Reddit user managed to convert it into something much more useful – a stylish coffee table! Now it works as both a storage device and a neat table!

Handy Coffee Table

Filed Under Fashionable

In the old days, long before computers ever existed, people would use old filing cabinets like this to store everything from documents to personal items. However, in more recent years, the digital age has largely changed that and made it work in a smoother and more efficient manner. However, that does not mean that you can’t still find a practical and useful way in which to utilize them – which is what this person did. Now, the old filing cabinet acts as a side-table instead.

Filed Under Fashionable

Portrait Of An Artist

While personal hand-held mirrors have largely been replaced by smartphones and dual-cameras, there are still a ton of ways that you can incorporate them into your home. This ingenious idea turns old mirrors into beautiful frames for art. They also help to create a unique kitsch aesthetic that has become very fashionable in recent years. So if you’re wondering what to do with that old mirror from your childhood years – give it a new life as an art frame instead.

Mirror Art

Pine Tree Pen Holder

This is an ingenious way to upcycle something that would have originally have been nothing more than an old branch of wood. This user cleverly decided to hollow out this piece of pine wood and turned it into a pencil holder instead. Now, the piece of wood has another use and helps to add a rough and natural feel to the clinical setting of office space. This is a great way to incorporate nature into your workspace!

Pine Tree Pen Holder

Greenhouse Bingo

When this gardener found an old bingo wheel – the first thing that came to mind was not gambling – but rather gardening. In this creative use of imagination, Reddit user “2193584” made a great example of upcycling when he realized that with a few moderations, he could turn an old bingo machine into a small greenhouse. This greenhouse will enable him to grow plants on two levels and also help to encourage healthier plants by keeping the much-needed carbon dioxide in a contained environment.

Greenhouse Bingo

Spray Paint Lamp Stand

While most of us are not inclined to make use of spray paint canisters over the course of our lives, for those who do – this is an amazing way to create something more out of your used spray paint cans. When spray-paint cans are finished, they can often lead to a lot of waste. While you will have to have a little patience and training to learn how to do the wiring yourself, building a lamp like this is unique and clever.

Spray Paint Lamp Stand